Book review: Trell, by Dick Lehr

Lehr, Dick. Trell. Candlewick, 2017. $17.99. ISBN: 978-0763692759. 320p. Gr. 9-12. P7 Q9

Like author April Henry, Dick Lehr uses  a factual story to create an intense crime drama.  Lehr is a reporter who actually covered the story of the murder of 12-year-old Tiffany Moore for the Boston Globe.  He has also written several true crime nonfiction books.  Trell is his first young adult fiction book, and my guess is the reason he did this is because Tiffany’s murder was never actually solved.  Everything in this book, then, represents Lehr’s guess as to what really happened.  Even so, it’s a great book, with strong female characters and deep insight into their lives. I also learned a lot about forensics and the judicial system. This book actually makes me want to know more about becoming an investigator.

May 2018 review by NHS student.


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